TU Media Office
TULSA, OK -- Longtime collegiate assistant coach Clarence James has joined The University of Tulsa football staff. James replaces Bo Graham, who has left the Hurricane program to pursue a coaching opportunity in the NFL.
Graham spent two years on the Tulsa coaching staff under Head Coach Todd Graham, but has decided to pursue his aspiration of coaching in the NFL. He coached the running backs for the Hurricane.
"Bo has done an outstanding job of developing our running backs over the last two years," said Todd Graham. "It's very difficult to lose Bo. Naturally, it's personal for me. But, I know how he's wanted to get out on his own and pursue his aspiration of coaching in the NFL. He has an outstanding opportunity in front of him, so we're excited about that."
James will coach the outside receivers and serve as the Director of Recruiting for the Golden Hurricane. He returns to the state of Oklahoma, where he was an all-state halfback at Okmulgee Dunbar High School in 1968.
"We're very excited to have Clarence James join our staff. He has a wealth of experience at some of the top programs in the nation," said Graham. "I'm very familiar with Clarence having him work for me at Allen High School. He has tremendous character and is an outstanding teacher. He fits right in with the high standards of our program. We're thrilled to be able to bring in a coach with the vast amount of experience that Clarence possesses."
James brings 28 years of collegiate coaching experience to Tulsa. His last coaching stop was at SMU, where he spent six seasons (2002-07) as an offensive assistant coach. He spent his first two seasons as the wide receiver coach and the last four as running backs coach for the Mustangs.
In 2005, he coached Freshman All-America running back DeMyron Martin at SMU. Before joining the Mustangs coaching staff, James spent the 2001 campaign as the receivers coach at Kansas. Before that, he spent the 2000 season coaching on the high school level as the assistant head coach at Allen (Texas) High School under current Hurricane Head Coach Todd Graham.
James spent seven seasons as the wide receiver coach at Oklahoma (1992-98) and in the five previous years coached that same position at the University of Texas (1987-91).
Prior to that, James was on the coaching staff at Texas Tech for seven years (1981-87), first as the defensive ends coach and later as the receiver coach. His first collegiate coaching job came as the defensive ends coach at North Texas State from the 1978 through the 1980 season.
James was an all-conference running back at Langston University and earned his bachelor's degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from the school in 1973. He went on to play one season (1973) in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers.
He and his wife, Archietta, have two children: John and Iman.